Hiya all,

I wear a lot of perfume and write about surprisingly little of it, hard to believe isn’t it?  The Sunday QuickSniff Review page is opened on Monday morning and every time I spritz and am near the computer I’ll give a 3 sentence review with a rating out of 5 each for, well, see the key after the reviews.

BADGLEY MISCHKA EdP by BADGLEY MISCHKA 2006. Can someone please tell me what all the fuss is about this fragrance? (Tania Sanchez gives this a full page, 5 star rave? Was she smoking crack?) It is a pretty light fruity floral that is modern and fresh for a young girl or office wear. The dry down is scrummy though, all warm and delicious woods, almost a skin scent that lasts well and now I kind of get some of the fuss. FragranceNet has 30ml for $22 S=** L=**** D=**

LES HEURES DE CARTIER: L’HEURE CONVOITEE II by CARTIER 2011. This is a sparkling, bright, pretty floral with the crackling, whiplike carnation sitting in a fluffy bed of powdery iris and ever so spicy clove; moves slowly through its dance to end up traditionally wood and vanilla. Charming, playful and enticing, I can imagine a girl or granny wearing this Cartier scent, it does double time as fresh and antique, light and deep, prim and adventurous, intriguing. Buy at Cartier stores. S=**** L=*** D=***

SIRA DES INDIES EdP by JEAN PATOU 2006. To me this is one of the best of the modern soft light office friendly, no one can be offended, fragrances that I don’t really understand. It doesn’t say India to me though, more island; like the fantasy you have of how your 6 star, 150 staff, 40 guest maximum, no children, island paradise holiday destination should smell. This is a background hum of wealthy excess and the bottle is such a delicious classic. FragranceShop has 50ml for under $30 S=*** L=** D=***

VANILLA NOIRE EdP by YVES ROCHER 2010. WOW! Perfume! This is all the world’s best vanillas put together in a ramped up, sexy, glamour girl of a fragrance. It is warm, dark and dense, perfectly unisex and quite hard to come by unfortunately. Yves Rocher still has it. S=**** L=*** D=****

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Scent, Obviously the number 1 priority here is how does it smell. My reviews are completely subjective and will differ widely from your own experience with the scent but it’s a good starting point. As yet I am not a trained perfumer so any and all descriptions are merely that, descriptions. There are plenty of blogs that offer technical details and chemistry, in 3 sentences I’ll pass.
Longevity, This is a biggie for me because like enfleurage where flower petals are left in fats to steal the scent, my fatty body works the same and eats it up, yum. So for a scent to last well on me, it will probably last a whole day on you and need a radioactive decontamination shower to defuse it from your skin.
Desirabilty, Wrapped up in this is scent, price, house, history, longevity, packaging, availability and a billion other things.

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* in any of these being the, “You couldn’t pay enough to spray this God awful stink on me again, it smells like public toilets in India, long time fridge malfunction while on Summer holiday and the vile stench of poverty all rolled into one.” You are putting innocent people in danger if you wear this.
** means it’s a nothing, wearable, boring, maybe the price is prohibitive for what you get or it’s ubiquitous. You should definitely get a sample of this to stop a buying boo boo.
*** is a perfectly good product that smells good and lasts a while at a decent price. You should definitely think about trying a sample or squirt but should you miss out your life will continue. Sample size worthy.
**** is the one you try, want a lot but can wait for a birthday/Christmas. It’s better than most of the stuff you’ve sniffed and may fill a void in your library. This is also an excellent decant product 5ml will get you through the season and maybe buy it next year.
***** meaning, stop reading this, grab your cash, credit card (or partners), roll the elderly or rob a petrol station and purchase this product. NOW! If you don’t have this fragrance you could die.

Hopefully this has given you a little inside track on fragrances to buy, want, avoid, sample. Isn’t scent the best fun EVER? What did you try this week?

Portia xx


  1. Flora says:

    RE: Badgley Mischka – you really have to smell the Parfum to get the raves for this – the EDP fades into the base too quickly. Fortunately it’s easy to find and cheap. I love to wear the parfum, the fruity notes last for hours on me! I stocked up because I love it so!

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